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May 15, 2005
Say 'Thanks' To Your Paramedics - Emergency Medical Services Week begins today!
Toronto's emergency medical services personnel are being honoured during
National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which runs from May 15 to 21.

"We are very proud of our staff and the way they have responded to the
challenges of the last few years," said Bruce Farr, Chief and General Manager
of Toronto EMS. "Huge events like World Youth Days and the Rolling Stones
Concert and major crises like SARS, the Blackout and offload delay have put
tremendous pressure on us. The dedication and professionalism of our whole
organization, from the front line paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers,
to the support staff, Sunnybrook & Osler Base Hospital staff, headquarters and
management personnel have been amazing."

"Most people only encounter paramedics at serious times, when someone they know
and love is very sick or injured. I hope all Toronto residents will take the
time during EMS Week to say a friendly 'thank you' to your paramedics when you
see them in their ambulances - taking care of people and saving lives on the
streets of Toronto," added Chief Farr.

A number of public events and media opportunities involving Toronto EMS staff
are planned for EMS Week, including:

- Toronto EMS Displays – in the East Rotunda at Toronto City Hall Daily - 10
a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, May 16: Community Liaison Display
Tuesday, May 17: Advanced Life Support Paramedics
Wednesday, May 18: Ethnocultural Access display
Thursday, May 19: Community Medicine Program - Window Safety Display
Friday, May 20: Community Liaison Display

- Cardiac Safe City and CPR/First Aid Display at TD Centre
Monday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower, 66 Wellington
St. W. Concourse level.
Toronto EMS will have a display at TD Centre for Cadillac-Fairview's Life
Safety Day, in honour of EMS Week. Public Access Defibrillation demonstrations
and information on the Cardiac Safe City and CPR/First Aid programs being
offered by paramedics across Toronto.

- Emergency Medical Services Week Proclamation at Toronto City Council
Tuesday, May 17. Mayor David Miller will read the EMS Week Proclamation with
EMS Chief and General Manager Bruce Farr at City Council -12:25 p.m.
Media Availability in Council Member's Gallery – 12:30 p.m.
Following the proclamation, Mayor David Miller, Chief Bruce Farr and several
paramedics will be available for media interviews.

-Toronto EMS Vehicles on Nathan Phillips Square
Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Nathan Phillips Square
Meet the paramedics assigned to a range of Toronto EMS vehicles including a
standard ambulance, emergency response unit, gator, mountain bike and our
vintage 1954 Packard ambulance

-Media Day at the Central Ambulance Communications Centre
Wednesday, May 18: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Emergency Services Headquarters, 4330
Dufferin St.
Members of the media can experience life in the Control Centre as an Emergency
Medical Dispatcher.

-Paramedic Meningitis C Clinic at Touchstone Youth Centre
Thursday, May 19: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Touchstone Youth Centre, 1076 Pape
Community Medicine Program paramedics will give Meningitis C immunizations to
homeless youth as part of our illness prevention outreach program, in
conjunction with Toronto Public Health.

-Paramedics and dispatchers making breakfast for the kids at the Toronto
Children's Breakfast Club
Friday, May 20: 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Richard Boustead Falstaff Breakfast Club, 30
Falstaff Ave.
(at Jane St., first block south and east of Hwy 401.)
Paramedics and dispatchers will make breakfast for the kids at the Richard
Boustead Falstaff Breakfast Club, named in honour of the late Toronto EMS media
relations supervisor, Rick Boustead, who helped found the club.

For further information on these events or other story ideas or interview
opportunities, please call 416-392-2255 or email



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